WICHITA, Kan. – Elizabeth Economon has been named an assistant coach for the Wichita State softball program, Head Coach Kristi Bredbenner announced today.
“I am thrilled that Elizabeth Economon is joining the Shocker Softball coaching staff,” Bredbenner said. “Elizabeth's passion, knowledge of the game, work ethic and personality will fit perfectly within our staff. I believe that she will be a tremendous help to our student-athletes and we look forward to getting her on campus and out recruiting.”
Elizabeth comes to WSU after serving as the Head Coach for the Pittsburg State softball program from 2012-17.
"Thank you to Coach Bredbenner and the athletic department for a great opportunity to continue my coaching career,” Economon said. "I'm looking forward to joining a great staff at Wichita State and continuing to build on an already strong Shocker softball program. My family and I are very excited about starting a new chapter of our lives at Wichita State."
Last spring at Pitt State, Economon led the Gorillas to a 42-19 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II Central Regional. It was the first National Tournament appearance for the Gorillas since 1995.
She led the Gorillas to a 204-131 overall record in her six-year tenure. Under her leadership, the Gorillas won more than 28 games each season and never had a losing season.
Four players earned All-America honors under her leadership, while 37 earned all-conference honors and 12 were named all-region.
She began her coaching career as an assistant coach for Truman, her alma mater in Kirksville, Mo., from 2005-06.
She then went to New Mexico in 2006 and served as the volunteer assistant coach for the Lobos under Ty Singleton. In her position, she served as the camp coordinator and primarily assisted in coaching the defense on the field.
Following her time as a volunteer assistant, Economon took on head coaching duties at V. Sue Cleveland High School, a 5A school with over 1,500 students in Rio Rancho, N.M. In addition to her duties as head coach and physical education teacher, Economon established a club team out of Rio Rancho.
A native of St. Louis, Economon got a chance to return to the Midwest in 2010 when she was hired as an assistant coach at Southeast Missouri State in Cape Girardeau, Mo. Economon specialized in hitting and defensive instruction on the field and was primarily responsible for practice planning, monitoring student-athletes academic progress and coordinating the Redhawks camps. She also taught classes in the exercise science department.
Economon played for Truman from 2001-04 and earned All-America honors at shortstop three seasons and was named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 2002 and 2003.
Elizabeth earned her bachelor’s degree in 2004 in exercise science from Truman and earned a master’s degree in 2007 in HHPR from Emporia State.